If you’ve seen Netflix’s The Witcher, which has a cool connection to Game of Thrones, you know Henry Cavill’s Geralt of Rivia speaks in a different accent than the other characters on the show. In Season 1, Geralt is established as being an outsider and Cavill felt the way to showcase that was to develop an accent entirely unique to the character. How did he come up with that? Cavill says he looked to real life for inspiration.
Here’s what Henry Cavill had to say about crafting Geralt of Rivia’s accent for The Witcher, which is an amalgamation of several familiar-sounding accents, and how he looked to Britain’s range of accents and compared it to the Continent, the world of The Witcher:
It sounds like Henry Cavill had a lot of freedom to develop Geralt’s accent. The Witcher -- which was one of our favorite shows of 2019 -- is an adaptation of the books by Andrzej Sapkowski, but also its own entity. So there was room for Cavill to make Geralt’s accent special and separate from even The Witcher video games, where Geralt spoke in an American accent to differentiate himself from everyone else.
In the books, Geralt speaks in the Rivian accent, which he adopted when he took on the name Geralt of Rivia. However, Geralt isn’t originally from there and on the page, it’s probably hard to gauge exactly how the accent should sound. Speaking with TheWrap, Henry Cavill, who almost blinded himself filming The Witcher, said that he took his job very seriously.
The Witcher Season 1 is currently available to stream on Netflix and has already been renewed for Season 2 and could begin filming as early as the spring. For more on what to watch, be sure to check out our 2020 midseason schedule.
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